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October 29th

Halloween comes to Ruston

That’s right, folks. The night of tricks or treats is nearly here.
But are you ready for it?

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Guiding Ruston’s growth is key

Recently, Ruston has seen significant construction, from infrastructure projects like the ongoing I-20 bridge project to additions of subdivisions on both the north and south sides of the city.
Most of the commercial growth has occurred along the I-20 corridor and north of the railroad tracks, with the addition of hotels, restaurants, retailers and other businesses.
The I-20 bridge project will further the possibilities for business and economic growth — put simply, more land will be available along the north and south Frontage Roads for businesses to land their operations.

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Officials represent us well

Aside from the more obvious changes — the Cajun food and music that surrounded me for the past three years have been replaced by country food and music; instead of a Catholic church on every corner there’s a Baptist one — I’ve become aware of the distinct values and priorities of the people who live in rural north Louisiana.

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Football is all in Graham family

Football remained Graham’s focus as he moved on to Georgia Tech in 1951. He joined the reigning national champs but would soon head to Florida State. 
“That engineering curriculum at Georgia didn’t quite agree with me,” he laughs.
But the time at Florida State would end up agreeing with son Randy.
“Dad had an old Florida State sweatshirt from the Sun Bowl and a scrapbook full of his college football stuff.  I couldn’t help but be interested in the game but I knew I wanted to grow up and wear that sweatshirt.”

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Sparta stakeholders look to Arkansas

A similar proposal is in the works in Lincoln and Union parishes in Louisiana. The Lincoln-Union Water Initiative is currently funding water tests on Lake D’Arbonne to check quality and usability. Lake D’Arbonne has a sustainable yield of 200 million gallons per day according to USGS. It is not currently being used as a supply of potable water. The hope is that potable water from Lake D’Arbonne can be used in Ruston and Farmerville to ease the stress on the Sparta Aquifer. U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, Sen. David Vitter and Sen.

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October 28th

GSU homecoming blasts off

But don’t even mention to Broadway about the Tigers being a heavy favorite in the 2 p.m. homecoming contest at Robinson Stadium.
“I think it’s been proven enough times this season that anything can happen in college football,” he said. “On any given Saturday, any team can beat another and the records don’t mean a thing.”
That is the cautious mode that Broadway has been preaching to his on-rolling Tigers for their final home game of the season.

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October 26th

GSU goes for homecoming win

Oh, and about the visiting Tigers. They’ve yet to win in seven overall games and are 0-6 within the conference.
So it’s a “yawner” for GSU, right?
Wrong.
“There’s no way you can take any game you play lightly,” emphasized Grambling head coach Rod Broadway. “I think what’s happened already this season around the nation proves that because, on any given Saturday, any team can be another.

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Take care of yourself this winter

In Lincoln Parish, there will be several opportunities in the next few weeks for residents to receive flu shots, many times at a reduced fee.
We urge all at-risk residents to take advantage of the local flu shot services. Even people who don’t fall into one of the above categories should consider getting vaccinated, just to stay healthy during the cough and cold season.

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Too much Halloween fun

However, since coming to Ruston, Halloween has been a joyous time, with so much to take part in. This year doesn’t seem to be any different, as I anticipate celebrations and events in Lincoln Parish will be bigger and better than ever.
Some events have already happened, yet there are still many more celebrations to be kicked off soon.

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12 to join GSU Hall of Fame

State Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, is one of the dozen to be inducted, and he said that the feeling is now sinking in after winning his re-election bid Saturday.
“When I first learned about it, I couldn’t see past Oct. 20,” said Gallot, who voters picked Saturday to serve District 11. “Now it’s beginning to set in. I’m incredibly humbled by it.”
Some of his mentors, including Baton Rouge attorney Ed Robinson, are also members of the Hall of Fame. Gallot worked for Robinson during law school.

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